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A Celebration of the Life of Mr. Leo F. DiMaio, Jr.

On Saturday October 18, 2014 the TD Nation gathered in the Memorial Union Ballroom to honor the life of our late Director Emeritus. The event was appropriately named: Leo F. DiMaio Jr. A Celebration of His Life and Work. The Rainville Ballroom was nearly filled to capacity with TD Nation alumni, students, friends, and family. […]

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URI nursing, Talent Development student proves hard work pays off

Talent Development Nursing Student Genesis Santos is featured on URI today website. Third year student Genesis Santos is a prime example of why the University of Rhode Island is known for its “big thinkers”. Santos, a nursing major, psychology minor who hails from Providence, R.I., is an orientation leader, URI 101 mentor, a peer educator […]


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Talent Development Alumnus Roby Luna featured at URI Honors Colloquium Event

TD Alumnus Roby Luna returns to campus as panelist at the URI Honors Colloquium. Roby Luna ’04 was a featured panelist at the October 21, 2014 URI Honors Colloquium presentation on Cybercrime and Policy. Featured along with moderator, Congressman James Langevin, Gerald Bessett, chief of cyber operations for the FBI’s Cyber Division, and Cheri Caddy, […]

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URI plans event to honor former Talent Development leader and celebrate the creation of the program, Oct. 18

URI plans event to honor former Talent Development leader and celebrate the creation of the program, Oct. 18 Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500 KINGSTON, RI – Oct. 10, 2014 — The University of Rhode Island will hold a special celebration to honor the life and work of the late Leo F. DiMaio Jr., retired director […]

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TD Summer 2014 Write-up

The Talent Development Program would like to officially welcome the freshmen class of 2018! With over 300 new students successfully completing the Talent Development Program Summer 2014, their journey has begun. 338 students successfully completed the program (91.6%); over 50% of the students achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, with 11 of those students earning […]

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TD Alumnus URI physical therapy graduate grateful to clinical instructor for giving him back his life

Tim Haitz, Talent Development Alumnus and May 2014 Graduate of URI’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program,  is featured on URI Today Website.  URI physical therapy graduate grateful to clinical instructor for giving him back his life Timothy Haitz was 30 years old when he discovered that one of his legs was an inch shorter than the […]

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Member of the TD family featured as “Big Thinker”

Graduation Profile of Talent Development Family Memeber Charles Rushimisha On the sidelines of a poultry plant in 2005, a smug supervisor told Charles Rushimisha that he would be aligning chickens on a conveyor belt at minimum wage for the rest of his life. Newly arrived from Rwanda and barely speaking English, the young man took it as a […]

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PREP Program 2014: Welcoming the New Members of TD Nation

For the 46th consecutive year the Talent Development Program has shattered the record books in terms of providing an opportunity to those students who would otherwise not have one.  As we all know the TD PREP program is where newly accepted TD students and their parents get a detailed look into the inner workings of […]



Commencement 2014: South Kingstown resident overcomes near-fatal injuries to earn degree from URI

If you look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, you might reach the conclusion that she is just another college over-achiever. But you’d just be getting a small part of her story. That’s because nowhere in the South Kingstown resident’s summary of academic and professional accomplishments does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when […]

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Commencement 2014: URI senior earns engineering degree in spite of obstacles

The loss of both parents and economic disadvantage could have come between an engineering degree and Christopher Lionel Calderón. But inner drive and a vision for himself powered Calderón through Providence Public Schools and four years at the University of Rhode Island. “Everything is what you make of it,” Calderón says. “That’s the gift I […]

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